Adobe has announced version 5 of Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE 5). The new version extends PDF Print Engine’s reliable colour reproduction with new capabilities to harness the full potential of today’s digital and conventional presses. On-going innovations in ink and inkjet heads are creating opportunities to print on new surfaces, and PDF Print Engine 5 will maximise colour impact in the coming generation of textile presses, industrial print stations, and digital presses for label and packaging production.
Designers continue to push the creative envelope with the latest functionality in Adobe Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and InDesign CC, resulting in graphically rich jobs that are increasingly complex to print. PDF Print Engine 5 is optimised to precisely render these graphically rich jobs for printing on flat and contoured surfaces including paper, plastic, fabric, metal, ceramic, glass, and food products. The new colour features in PDF Print Engine 5 strengthen support for Expanded Colour Gamut (ECG) digital presses with ink sets that go beyond the four colour base of cyan, magenta, yellow and black to magnify the visual and tactile effect of brand messaging.
What is new in Adobe PDF Print Engine 5:
High speed edge enhancement – Anti-aliasing for visually smoother edges on graphic objects, even at lower resolutions, reduces processing times to a fraction of the time compared to alternative and post-rendering methods.
Enhanced Unicode support – Control parameters, file paths and passwords now include multi-byte characters from non Roman character sets, which increases ease of use in languages such as Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
PDF 2.0 print feature support – Black Point Compensation (BPC) to preserve details in image shadow areas during colour conversions; CxF-defined spot colours (Color eXchange Format) to enable spectral based colour management; HTO (Half-Tone Origin) to align pre-imposed objects to the device pixel-grid, ensuring identical line-screens.
Page level output intent – Colour conversions for multi-page PDF 2.0 jobs can be managed on a page by page basis, enabling greater flexibility and automation in pre-press workflows.
‘Brand managers count on accurate reproduction of vibrant designs to connect with customers,’ said Adil Munshi, vice president and general manager, Print and Publishing Business Unit, Adobe. ‘Print jobs that are authored in Adobe Creative Cloud, reviewed in Adobe Acrobat DC, and proofed and output by Adobe PDF Print Engine 5 will now deliver the fastest rendering, best of breed colour imaging and predictable results every step of the way.’